The Remarkable Andrew (1942)

80 mins | Comedy-drama, Fantasy | 1942

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writer:

Dalton Trumbo

Producer:

Richard Blumenthal

Cinematographer:

Theodor Sparkuhl

Editor:

Archie Marshek

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Some of the film's opening credits are spoken. Andrew Jackson (1767--1845), who was the seventh President of the United States, served from 1828 to 1836. Dalton Trumbo's story was first titled "The General Came to Stay." According to modern sources, in 1940, Paramount paid Trumbo to write a novel based on his original story, which was then turned into a screenplay. According to a HR news item, Trumbo was initially slated to direct the film. Modern sources also indicate that during production, the two lead actors, Brian Donlevy and William Holden, suggested that Trumbo take over direction because they were dissatisfied with Stuart Heisler's work, but Trumbo refused. A Jun 1941 HR news item reported that Paramount considered Tim Whelan for director. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Gibson Gowland, Theodore Lorch ( Jurists ); Monte Blue, Emory Parnell ( Policemen ); Hobart Cavanaugh ( Teller ); James Millican and Margaret Mann. Some scenes in the picture were filmed on location in Carson City, ... More Less

Some of the film's opening credits are spoken. Andrew Jackson (1767--1845), who was the seventh President of the United States, served from 1828 to 1836. Dalton Trumbo's story was first titled "The General Came to Stay." According to modern sources, in 1940, Paramount paid Trumbo to write a novel based on his original story, which was then turned into a screenplay. According to a HR news item, Trumbo was initially slated to direct the film. Modern sources also indicate that during production, the two lead actors, Brian Donlevy and William Holden, suggested that Trumbo take over direction because they were dissatisfied with Stuart Heisler's work, but Trumbo refused. A Jun 1941 HR news item reported that Paramount considered Tim Whelan for director. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Gibson Gowland, Theodore Lorch ( Jurists ); Monte Blue, Emory Parnell ( Policemen ); Hobart Cavanaugh ( Teller ); James Millican and Margaret Mann. Some scenes in the picture were filmed on location in Carson City, NV. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Jan 1942.
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Daily Variety
16 Jan 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Jan 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 41
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jan 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Jan 42
pp. 473-74.
New York Times
6 Mar 42
p. 17.
Variety
21 Jan 42
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Gaffer
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Art staff
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Props
COSTUMES
Gowns
Men's ward
Women's ward
MUSIC
Mus score
MAKEUP
Dir of makeup
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hair supv
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr clerk
Welfare worker
Carpenter
Painter
Painter
Accountant
Foreman driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Best boy
Generator op
Grip
Grips
Grip
Grip
Grip
Grip
STAND INS
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Remarkable Andrew
Being the Chronicle of a Literal Man by Dalton Trumbo (Philadelphia, PA, 1941).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 5 March 1942
Production Date:
30 June--16 August 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 January 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11227
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
7,277
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7538
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1941, in Shale City, Colorado, youthful city bookkeeper Andrew Long is unable to balance the city's yearly budget and discovers that city clerk Art Slocumb and puchasing agent Sam Savage are trying to cover up for embezzlement. Honest Andrew is suspended when he insists that he be allowed to balance the budget. Though despondent, Andrew nonetheless prepares to attend a dance with his girl friend, Peggy Tobin, and returns to his room at Mrs. Grondos' boardinghouse to dress. He is surprised when his hero, nineteenth century general and former President Andrew Jackson materializes in his room and demands some Maryland rye whiskey. Andrew rushes to the corner drugstore for the liquor and cancels his date with Peggy. Jackson is still in his room when he returns and informs him that Andrew's great, great grandfather saved his life, and he has now come to help Andrew. When Peggy shows up with her last-minute date, Randall Stevens, she becomes hysterical to learn that she has been stood up for the ghost of Andrew Jackson. Neither Peggy nor Randall can see Jackson, and assume that Andrew is drunk. The next day, gossip about Andrew's strange behavior spreads through the town and is reinforced when people see him apparently talking to himself. Jackson, dressed in full historical military regalia, is very real to Andrew, however, and accompanies him to his meeting with the mayor. Mayor Ollie Lancaster offers to give Andrew a raise on condition that he drop his petition to investigate the discrepancy in the budget, but Andrew refuses to accept the bribe. Jackson notices that Lancaster is using a recording machine, ... +


In 1941, in Shale City, Colorado, youthful city bookkeeper Andrew Long is unable to balance the city's yearly budget and discovers that city clerk Art Slocumb and puchasing agent Sam Savage are trying to cover up for embezzlement. Honest Andrew is suspended when he insists that he be allowed to balance the budget. Though despondent, Andrew nonetheless prepares to attend a dance with his girl friend, Peggy Tobin, and returns to his room at Mrs. Grondos' boardinghouse to dress. He is surprised when his hero, nineteenth century general and former President Andrew Jackson materializes in his room and demands some Maryland rye whiskey. Andrew rushes to the corner drugstore for the liquor and cancels his date with Peggy. Jackson is still in his room when he returns and informs him that Andrew's great, great grandfather saved his life, and he has now come to help Andrew. When Peggy shows up with her last-minute date, Randall Stevens, she becomes hysterical to learn that she has been stood up for the ghost of Andrew Jackson. Neither Peggy nor Randall can see Jackson, and assume that Andrew is drunk. The next day, gossip about Andrew's strange behavior spreads through the town and is reinforced when people see him apparently talking to himself. Jackson, dressed in full historical military regalia, is very real to Andrew, however, and accompanies him to his meeting with the mayor. Mayor Ollie Lancaster offers to give Andrew a raise on condition that he drop his petition to investigate the discrepancy in the budget, but Andrew refuses to accept the bribe. Jackson notices that Lancaster is using a recording machine, but as he is unfamiliar with the device, he has no idea that the conversation is being recorded. After receiving advice from physician Clarence Upjohn about how to handle Andrew, Peggy confronts her boyfriend and discovers he is absolutely sober. She demands that if Jackson does not leave Andrew, then whe will leave him, and to Andrew's surprise, Jackson goes. Later, Andrew is arrested for embezzlement and encounters his ghostly friend again in his jail cell. Jackson has brought with him the finest thinkers from American history: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Chief Justice John Marshall, Jesse James and an unknown volunteer soldier named Private Henry Bartholomew Smith. Andrew explains to his guests that he has known for some time that various government officials have been buying land that they knew was slated for a new street and selling the property for a personal profit. The historical figures remind him that democracy is not a gift, but a responsibility, and with their assistance, Andrew represents himself at his trial. The ghosts, meanwhile, investigate the mayor's office to find evidence of his corruption. Franklin discovers the record player, whose usage Jackson demonstrates. To their surprise, the machine plays back a conversation from that morning, in which the corrupt officials pressure an unwilling Judge Ormond Krebbs to find Andrew guilty in court. The evidence at the trial weighs heavily against Andrew until his ghostly friends relay to him the secret conversation. Leaving Krebbs's name out of the transcription, Andrew repeats the details of the incriminating conversation to the court until prosecuting attorney Beamish calls for a recess. By the time they return, all the corrupt officials have resigned from their posts pending prosecution. The charges against Andrew are then dropped, and he is promoted to chief city treasurer. As his last official duty, Krebbs officiates at Peggy and Andrew's marriage. On their wedding night, Andrew, although grateful to his hero, is unable to relax until Jackson agrees to leaves. As he wanders into the night, Peggy is finally able to see her husband's mentor. +

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